guacamole recipe

Best EVER Guacamole

This tried and true guacamole recipe is easy to make, uses fresh ingredients and is loaded with flavor. It’s hands down the best guacamole dip we’ve ever had!

How to choose your avocado

Have you ever gotten home from grocery shopping and excitedly sliced into your avocado, only to find a brown mushy center? We have!

Choosing the perfect avocado can be a bit tricky, but it’s not impossible.

The kind of avocado you want to use for this, or any recipe, is a perfectly ripe avocado. What does that look like? The avocado skin should be purplish in color. It should yield to gentle pressure, but not feel mushy.

Avoid black, overly ripe avocados. We repeat, avoid avocados with an extremely dark/ black skin. You’re almost guaranteed to cut into them and find those dreaded brown spots.

The secret is under the stem

Another great way to check whether your avocado is ripe or not is to check under the stem. Whaaat? Yep, you heard that right. The secret is under the stem.

Peel back the stem or cap at the top of the avocado. If it comes off easily and there’s a green color underneath, you’ve got a ripe avocado. If you pull back the stem and find a brownish color underneath, you’ll want to pass on that avocado… it’s overripe.

How to lengthen the life of your avocados

If you’re picking avocados in advance, choose ones with a green outer shell. The stem shouldn’t come off. Allow them to sit on the counter until they’re just about ripe.

Once your avocado has almost reached its peak ripeness, move it to the crisper in your refrigerator. This slows the ripening process and helps prevent your avocado from browning. When you’re ready to eat it, hopefully within a day or two, remove it from the fridge and enjoy that green creamy goodness!

If you like to heat things up

If you’re a fan of a little lip-smacking spice (we’re so guilty), you can add finely chopped jalapeño, cayenne pepper or hot sauce to your guacamole. Just use whatever you have on hand and add it to taste AFTER you’ve combined the ingredients in the recipe, that way you won’t overpower the flavor of the dip.

If you love heat as much as we do, this is a must. Just make sure your guests feel the same way first and remember, a little spice goes a long way.

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guacamole recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
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  1. Here's the fun part: You get to season the guacamole to your taste preferences! I enjoy spicy foods, so I love to add jalapeños and cayenne pepper. You may really like tomatoes or lime and want to increase those ingredients. Cooking FfL is all about flavoring your foods the way YOU prefer!
  2. In a large bowl, slightly mash avocado using a potato masher, fork or back of a spoon.
  3. Add cilantro, tomatoes (if using them), onion and jalapeño peppers. Stir ingredients together.
  4. Add lemon juice. Increase amount of lemon juice to your taste preference.
  5. Add salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste and mix. If time permits, let guacamole sit for 1 hour before serving.
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